He chocolate It is one of the most popular sweets, although it is usually associated with a high fat content and is not recommended in a healthy and balanced diet. However, those who have high cocoa contentConcretely, more than 70% are even recommended in different diets.
According to Rosa Arnau, member of Nutrition of the College of Pharmacists of Castellón (Icofcs) in the middle Take care of yourself More“between 7 and 20 grams per day They could even have beneficial effects on health. »
According to a study published in The nutrition journalDaily consumption of dark chocolate could reduce levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, commonly known as “bad cholesterol”.
“Regular consumption of a serving of chocolate as part of a low-fat diet can significantly reduce blood cholesterol levels,” they point out.
Additionally, the study results also associated it with an “rsignificant reduction in systolic blood pressure. “It is important to note that these benefits were observed without harmful effects on body weight“, they emphasize.
But this is not the only benefit demonstrated by scientific studies, the benefits for the skin have also been demonstrated by flavonoids which contribute to improving microcirculation and thermoregulation of the fur and therefore its hydration. Likewise, in this study published in 2006, it was also shown that these properties anti-inflammatory and antioxidant They protect the skin from ultraviolet rays.
Moderate consumption of chocolate with a high cocoa content more than five times per week may also have beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. reduce the risk of heart disease by 57%according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.